Schizophrenia

Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

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Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and generally disabling brain and behavior disorder. It is most accurately described as a psychosis - a type of illness that causes severe mental disturbances that disrupt normal thoughts, speech, and behavior. Schizophrenia is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Positive symptoms may include delusions, thought disorders, and hallucinations. People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear, or believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. Negative symptoms may include avolition (a lack of desire or motivation to accomplish goals), lack of desire to form social relationships, and blunted affect and emotion. Cognitive symptoms involve problems with attention and memory, especially in planning and organization to achieve a goal. Cognitive deficits are the most disabling for patients trying to lead a normal life.

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Theodore Satterthwaite, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Theodore Satterthwaite, M.D.
July 02, 2014
The largest study to date of blood flow in the brain, conducted by 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Theodore Satterthwaite, M.D., and a University of...
Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, MD, PhD - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Dr. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg
July 01, 2014
A brain circuit important for working memory may be influenced by genes suspected to be involved in the development of schizophrenia, according to a study...
Erkan Karakas, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Erkan Karakas, Ph.D.
June 20, 2014
Newly published research by a former NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee provides an unprecedented view of a key brain receptor whose malfunction is implicated...
Tracey L. Petryshen, Ph.D. - brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Tracey L. Petryshen, Ph.D.
June 19, 2014
During brain development, the brain is a frenzy of activity: new brain cells (neurons) are born, migrate to where they need to go, and eventually form...
Amanda J. Law, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Amanda J. Law, Ph.D.
June 17, 2014
For more than a decade, scientists have been collecting evidence for the involvement of a gene called NRG1 in mental illnesses, most notably in schizophrenia....

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